DEC: Nov 27th - Dec 3rd Rohatsu Sesshin 6 am - 8 pm
4th Fujinkai Meeting 10 am
Jodo-E, Monthly Service & Memorial 11 am
11th Omigaki, Garden Cleaning 9am
Goeika Osame 1pm
13th Directors’ Meeting 7:30 pm
17th Mochigome Washing 8am
18th Mochitsuki 7 am
24th Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in English 11 am
25th Dr. Kato’s Buddhism Lecture in Japanese 11 am
26th Christmas Day Observed - temple closed
31st Year-end Service 4 pm
SHICHI-GO-SAN (7-5-3) SERVICE
Zenshuji Temple’s celebration for children’s Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3 years old) will
be held on Sunday, November 13th at 11:00 am AND 2 pm. Because this event is very
popular, we are holding the service twice this year, so those who would like to participate
can sign up for either time.
Usually girls of seven years, boys of 5 years and boys and girls of 3 years go to
the local shrine to express gratitude to the Gods for their growth and continued
blessings. The children dress in colorful traditional costumes as they enter the
shrine. If Western attire is worn, the children dress up in party dresses and suits.
The children are given candy called “chitoseame” (thousand year candy) to promise
them long life. We order these candies from Japan. Pictures are taken by the proud
parents for these mile stones. We will have Alan Miyatake of Toyo Miyatake Studio,
San Gabriel taking pictures for this memorable event. Come early to take your pictures
before the service. Alan will be downstairs. All children must register with the
ministers at Zenshuji. Please call (213) 624-8658 and make your reservation.
CHASEN KUYO 茶筅供養
Zenshuji cordially invites you to the annual Zenshuji Chasen Kuyo Tea Ceremony &
Vegetarian Luncheon on Sunday, November 6th. Please see the invitation below.
You are all invited to attend Rohatsu Sesshin, our one and only
sesshin of the year at Zenshuji. (A sesshin is a week-long retreat
in which people devote themselves to zazen.) This year, Rohatsu
Sesshin will begin on Sunday, Nov. 27th, and conclude at
midnight on Sat. Dec. 3rd.
Three meals will be served each day. For those who plan to join us for meals, it
would be good to know if you are planning to eat with us. If you are planning to
sit for quite a bit of the sesshin, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
to register. We often get more people sitting with us on Sunday and particularly
on Saturday, the last day. There is a suggested donation of $50- 150, on a sliding
scale depending on your situation. Please come and join us, even if you can only
sit for an hour or two.